The TSCMG - an NTEA affiliate organization since 2014 - is composed of companies that manufacture service truck cranes. The group’s focus is on key issues related to service cranes and work to help improve the efficient building of work trucks. One of the main goals is to develop a uniform inspection form that upfitters can use to inspect telescopic service cranes. The end result will offer service crane installers a uniform inspection format that will help increase operational efficiency.
Service Truck Crane - identified by its telescopic boom, a service truck crane’s base and mast structure is not integral to the stabilizer/outrigger system. Lifting is typically accomplished via a winch (electric or hydraulic), and its functions (rotation, elevation, telescoping) are either powered or manual. These machines tend to have relatively shorter boom lengths (10-35’) and lower capacity (1-7 tons) as compared to other telescopic boom-fixed cab machines (e.g., boom trucks, carry deck cranes). Additionally, operations are usually conducted by the use of radio remote or pendant control with the operator standing on the ground following the load.
TSCMG releases general inspection guidelines
Telescopic Service Crane Manufacturers Group (TSCMG) recently published general guidelines
to aid in the annual inspection of service truck cranes. Developing a uniform inspection form upfitters can use to examine telescopic service cranes has been a key TSCMG priority. This project involved incorporating elements of each participating company’s inspection form into a universal document for truck equipment upfitters to use for service cranes, offering service crane installers a consistent inspection format for increased operational efficiency.
NTEA Contact: Bob Raybuck, NTEA technical services director